Proposed group home met with opposition

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The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services is asking for the community board's support to turn a two-family home into a residence for eight people with intellectual disabilities.

There appear to be some misconceptions about the proposed project, however, as some believe that it will be a halfway house. Some told News 12 at Community Board 18's public hearing Wednesday that they don't believe the community gave any input on the plan.

But the nonprofit Jewish Board says the project will do no harm. The proposed home on East 63rd Street will be a supportive home for four young women and four young men with intellectual disabilities. The Jewish Board says the residents are unable to care for themselves, nonviolent and pose no danger to anyone.

If the community board approves the project, the Jewish Board plans to close on the house with the goal of opening it next year.

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